by Scott Creighton
She sits there with a disingenuous smile painted on her face, expressing a deep seated contempt for the process that’s unfolding before her and exposing her many hours of training with a publicist/acting coach who obviously schooled her in how to get through the confirmation process and come out at the end looking somewhat human.
At one point she flubbed her lines saying “I have worked very hard on behalf of parents and children for the last almost 30 years to be a voice for parents… uh… uh.. uh voice for STUDENTS and to empower parents on behalf of their children… primarily low income children (smile)”
She should get her money back for that little bit of for-profit “education” she received from her coach.
DeVos is a prominent member of the Republican Party known for her advocacy of school choice, voucher programs, and ties to the Reformed Christian community. She was Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan from 1992 to 1997 and served as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1996 to 2000, with reelection to the post in 2003. DeVos was one of the architects of the Detroit charter school system and she is a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She has served as chairwoman of the board of Alliance for School Choice and heads the All Children Matter PAC. DeVos is married to Dick DeVos and is the daughter-in-law of billionaire Richard DeVos, the co-founder of Amway. Her brother, Erik Prince, a former U.S. Navy SEAL officer, is the founder of Academi, formerly Blackwater USA. DeVos is the daughter of Edgar Prince, founder of the Prince Corporation.
Betsy’s father made a bit of money the old fashioned way: he worked for it. She, on the other hand, was born into it.
Betsy’s father-in-law was a scumbag who crafted a billion-dollar pyramid scheme and took advantage of vapid, desperate housewives to craft his empire. Betsy’s husband was born into that.
Yesterday Darling Betsy found herself sitting in a senate confirmation hearing answering questions from the unwashed masses. Her family paid her passage to that particular destination, some estimating their donations to the Republican Party at around 200 million dollars over the years.
When asked by Sen. Sanders (see video below) about universal higher education Devos said in part:
“I think thats a really… interesting idea (meaning “that’s stupid” and then went on with a smug little condescending look on her face to say) but we have to remember that there is nothing in life that is truly free so somebody will have to pay for it…”
You mean like her daddy paid for her education and the millions of desperate house wives paid for her husbands?
Whenever silver spooners start talking about poor people (folks not born into billionaire families with their own neoliberal think-tanks and foundations) “taking personal responsibility” and “being self sufficient”, I tend to gloss over anything else that comes out of their mouths.
As side from making sure wealthy business owners get an opportunity to make a profit from the “education” of poor black kids (DeVos was all about that in Detroit) (and by “education” I mean they are schooled in how to accept their position in life and work for the man while keeping their big mouths shut) Betsy here is all about using this opportunity her family bought her to use the public education system to bring about “God’s Kingdom” in ‘Merika!
“Of the $100 million the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation gave out from 199-2014, nearly half went to Christian organizations…
While Dick and Betsy DeVos have donated large amounts to hospitals, health research, and arts organizations, these records show an overwhelming emphasis on funding Christian schools and evangelical missions and conservative, free-market think tanks, like the Acton Institute and the Mackinac Center, that want to shrink the public sector in every sphere, including education.” Mother Jones
Jebus and trickle-down corporate-friendly economic ideology that enslaves the masses on behalf of billionaires like… Betsy DeVos. Hell of a combination for the future Secretary of Education ain’t it?
Trump says he’s leading a “movement”? Yeah I guess he is.
Trump is leading a movement and Betsy is as well. Let’s take a look at Detroit as an example. There are a lot of poor black kids in Detroit who could use a solid dose of Betsy’s wisdom, don’t you think?
“Which brings us back to Michigan, “school choice,” charter schools, and vouchers. Betsy DeVos has spent at least two decades pushing vouchers—i.e., public funding to pay for private and religious schools—to the center of the Republican Party’s education agenda, thanks in large part to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Michigan-based think tank.
In the mid-’90s, Mackinac leadership suggested a long-term strategy on how to make the unpopular voucher policies more palatable for mainstream America. Its then-senior vice president, Joseph Overton, developed what became known as the Overton Window, a theory of how a policy initially considered extreme might over time be normalized through gradual shifts in public opinion…
In Michigan, Detroit has been at the heart of the charter push, which began in the early ’90s. In 1996, former Metro Times reporter Curt Guyette showed how the Prince Foundation, as well as the foundation run by Dick DeVos’ parents, funded a carefully orchestrated campaign to label Detroit’s public schools as failing—and pushed for charters and “universal educational choice” as a better alternative. While Betsy DeVos has not called for an end to traditional public schools, she has written about the need to “retire” and “replace” Detroit’s public school system and pressed for aggressively expanding charter schools and vouchers.” Mother Jones
On multiple occasions Betsy’s apologists from the Republican side of the One Party System at the confirmation hearing laughed at the possibility that Betsy DeVos could be a Manchurian candidate sent by Trump to torpedo the public education system of America. Betsy laughed right along with them at the ridiculousness of that vast left wing conspiracy theory and smiled that same strained overly coached smile of the sociopath presented in the photo above.
She also denied sitting on the board of directors of her mother’s foundation. She said the years of tax filings that listed her as the Vice President of the not-for-profit foundation were “clerical errors”
“Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, billionaire Republican activist and megadonor Betsy DeVos, told Senators at a Tuesday evening confirmation hearing that years of tax forms listing her as “Vice President” of her mother’s non-profit foundation were a “clerical error.”
Having served as VP of a non-profit isn’t inherently problematic, but this non-profit was the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation, which has given money to anti-LGBTQ causes, legislation, and groups. That includes Focus on the Family, which has been a vocal advocate for conversion therapy — a “treatment” for gay people that has been universally panned by relevant expert communities. The organization has also argued that anti-bullying education is part of a radical gay conspiracy.” VICE
Two senators stood out in my mind during the confirmation hearing in terms of their questions for the extremely unqualified billionaire silver-spooner Betsy DeVos and the videos of their questioning of her are posted below.
It’s my opinion that Betsy DeVos is a sociopath just like her Blackwater-owning crazed religious zealot of a brother Eric Prince.
She should no more be in charge of the Department of Education than the CEO of Exxon should be in charge of the department that sets foreign policy… but welcome to Trump’s “CHANGE” administration.
She is a religious zealot and a free market ideologue who apparently worships nothing really, except for Mammon, and I for one hope someone somewhere has the balls to filibuster her nomination. But you know that wont happen. Not when it’s the Amway of the Washington Consensus we’re talking about.
Sanders grills DeVos
Al Franken questions DeVos on proficiency verses growth as guidelines to education. DeVos has no idea of what he’s talking about.
On the contrary, here’s Little Entitled Randy (Rand Paul… NOT named after Ayn Rand, says his Sugar Daddy) getting on his knees and sucking up to Betsy and telling everyone just how great some of these private/religious schools are that get money from the Ebil Gubmint and how much good they are doing for those poor little darkies in places like Detroit.
Funny ain’t it how he shares the exact same philosophy as that other silver-spooner sitting across the room from him? Shocking coincidence isn’t it? It’s also funny isn’t it how his testimony mirrors perfectly the think-tank’s campaign to normalize the idea of “public/private” schools by subtly undercutting the legitimacy of the public education system while Rand says he likes public education. Pretty crafty huh? None of us plebes out here could possibly see through that little magic trick.
Oh look. DeVos brought along a little black student with her to show how magnanimous her free-market ideology is.
And lookie there… the glorious vapid silver-spooner brought along yet another prop to show how great privatization is… this one’s also got brown skin. Is that a guy with Down Syndrome sitting behind her and a Jew next to her? Not one important demographic is missing, now is it?
It’s just a big fucking cornucopia of opportunity in free market land ain’t it?
Now that’s planning, huh? And not in the least bit obvious.
“Putting a face on it and meeting these kids.. is an amazing thing” says Little Entitled Randy.
Holy shit. How stupid are these people? Are they really that stupid or do they just think we are.
That is the mask of the free market sociopath. Tricks, coaching and think-tank ideology on display in the Senate yesterday. Remarkable.
Over the years I have pointed out much of ObamaGod’s neoliberal betrayal as he became the President of Privatization. What he and his administration did to the public school system was tragic. Nothing less than tragic.
What these clowns want though is worse. Worse than Arnie Duncan? Yeah, it will be worse. They have plans to make billions cheating poor kids out of their opportunity to get a real education in America and it breaks my heart to see it happening in real time right in front of our eyes.
The good news is, the fake left is now free to oppose such things. Silenced for the past eight years, they can now get back in touch with their moral centers and start standing up for humanity once again. At least they can till Michele Obama takes office four years from now.
Oh wait… I’m sorry. Is it too late to write “spoiler alert”?